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Chinese people far from overreaction to flu and cold

By Shan Juan and Peng Yining  (China Daily)

10:37, January 29, 2013

Experts said the number of cases of flu in Northern China is expected to rise before winter ends.(Zou Hong and Wang Jing/China Daily)

Key Words:flu; prevention; disease; health

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Sniffling, groggy and frightened, Zhao Yanwei had flu. The 28-year-old Beijing resident dragged himself to the China-Japan Friendship Hospital but found the fever clinic was packed with patients, coughing and wheezing.

Zhao had been running a temperature as high as 39C for two days, but the medicine he bought from a pharmacy hadn't worked. "I have never thought of getting vaccinated," said Zhao, who wore a protective mask. "I would have got the shot if I had known the flu would bring so much pain."

Yu Xin, who also had flu-like symptoms, said he hadn't had the shot and had no intention of doing so.

"Don't you think people overreact to a cold?" he asked. "Besides, it needs to be done every year. How do you know the vaccine is safe and won't cause any side effects?"

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